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we are pleased to announce our

sixth annual





Winner: 75$

Runner-Up: 60$







2019 FLASH SUITE Contest begins November 24th.

meet the Finalists


About us: Bonafides and Circulation

meet the defenestrationism family

view 2018 finalists

view 2017 finalists

view 2016 finalists

view the 2015 finalists

view the 2014 finalists




What is a Flash Suite, you may ask.


Our team defines, albeit loosely, a flash suite as follows,

“A series of at least three flash fiction works that correlate, and build to something greater.  Recurring characters, extended motifs, harmonious subject matters, and/or sustained narrative are such correlations– but we encourage innovation and new ideas.”

Go crazy with it, kids, flash your faces off.


And here are some examples from our site: more FLASH SUITES




Finalists are selected by owner, co-editor Paul-Newell Reaves

and co-editor, moderator eatstuf.

These finalists are then published daily, before winners are announced,

followed by at least two weeks of Fan Voting.

Winners are selected by our panel of four Judges, with Fan Voting counting as an additional judge vote.

Meet our Judging Panel




Expect harsh words of criticism if guidelines are not followed.

Otherwise, we’re all lovey-dovey.



Grammar is no list of rules, no series of hoops.  Punctuation is an art form, remember that– punctuate like there’s no tomorrow.

Defenestration is suggested, but not required.  This need not be literal.

Edit, comrades, edit till there is no editing left to be done.  We ask you go through at least TEN read-through edits before submitting.

Incomplete sentences must serve an obvious purpose, toward narrative or character development, dialogue, theme or style.

Word limit of 1,000 for each individual piece of flash.  The entire suite combines each 1,000-or-less word piece into a longer work– which may be any reasonable length.

Titles: we find titles frequently distinguish the best Flash Suites, especially with more abstract works.  We highly recommend individual titles for each piece of flash, and a general title for the total work.

Please, please, no Zombie fiction.  We do not encourage work whose central theme is the braindead.  All other Sci-Fi, Fantasy and stories of Dis-reality– provided it is imaginative and different– will be considered.

Flash fiction in suites, not a short story.  Our team makes this distinction.  Short stories may be submitted to the Defenestrationism !Short Story Contest! in the summer.

A single piece of the suite may have been published before, otherwise, no previously published material.


MUST– email Subject: FLASH SUITE Contest

— that’s


Please include a phone number, in case our emails end up in your spam.

PDFs not preferred– difficult to transcribe to our site.

Feel free to complement us on our concrete and exact guidelines.  Most of the worst writing we’ve had the displeasure of reading comes from editors trying to explain and individualize their tastes for a publication.




We adhere closely to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.

Please do not submit if you have or have had any affiliation with the four Judges.

We require only Electronic Rights, including Electronic Archival Rights.  Author maintains all Future Rights.  This works for us, and for you, and for the future of internet publications.









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